We have good news, Great News, in fact. And LOTS of it. So much, in fact, that it's going to be divided into two posts (sorry, it had to be done).First
, get ready to squee!
, as the KnitPod is officially, well and truly, available for sale
Isn't that just
Shown above in Maple, the only reason these are actually in stock
is that I/we've forbidden staffers to buy the first few made. Get one (or two) before the next lot comes in. These things are so special, you'll probably want several. Made with locally-grown hardwood by M.W., a Portland-area woodworker, each KnitPod is one-of-a-kind and truly is a work of art. Now, since there are only four KnitPods in existence at the moment, after the first four are sold, they will be sold on pre-order basis. M.W. has promised that it will take no longer than 2-weeks for order turnaround, so get ready to carry your socks in style and with an easy mind - never drop stitches, break yarn or bend/ dull your DPNs again!Second
, Kauni is BACK IN STOCK. Grab some while you can.Third.
We have 90 cranes!
But, since we still need more (and a reason to party), we're hosting a Crane Knit Night
this Thursday during our regular Sip n' Stitch. Drop by the store to knit (a crane!), earn store credit ($1 for every crane knit that night), drink champagne and feast on chocolate and strawberries. We'll also have door prizes and giveaways... just because we can. Come by on Thursday night, it's going to be awesome!
Now I must hasten away, as my Intermediate Handspinning Techniques class starts in 5* minutes. Check back for more exciting news!*Make that 3.
Labels: cranes, KAL, kauni, knitnotwar, knitpod, update
Italian. Lit. "what a beauty", but synonymous with "How lovely!"
This literally just walked in the door (thank you, UPS), from Chameleon Colorworks:
Handdyed lace yarn, made with 100% extrafine Merino wool (sumptuous!) and dyed in several of our favorites plue FOUR new semi-solids. It should be on the shelf tomorrow. (I know I'll
need three for a very special lace project as soon as it's available.)
The next little bit of news we have for you is that we're on twitter
! (see sidebar --->) Many of us have downloaded apps onto our iTouches and iPhones, so there will literally be up-to-the-minute information on our page, if you want to follow us
and get frequent updates on store happenings and the like.
That's all the News we have for now. No one's been in to show off their FO's (hint, hint, hint), so I don't have any pretties to share. Nor have there been any donations of cranes in the past few days, so we're just a bit boring at the moment. But check your inbox tomorrow for a very cool eCard that is full of Easter knitting! Until next Tuesday, enjoy the lovely weather outside!
Labels: New yarn, tweet, twitter, yarn pr0n
Show & Tell
This was going to be a very short post (where my knitters at?), but luckily I managed to corner Tilly, Martha and Liz this afternoon for an impromptu series of photographs. But, if all y'all don't start popping in with your WIPs & FO's we might be in some trouble soon (hint, hint)
. So, without further adieu, I present a small parade of FO's.
First, we have Tilly's Cherry Blossom Bag
(made with Cascade 220
, Cork Chenille
& ShibuiKnits mango wood handles
). Now, aside from it being absolutely lovely and very well done, it's important to note that this was Tilly's FIRST (I repeat, first) "real" (direct quote) project. How humbling is that?
And she also lined it herself*...
It's almost unfair, isn't it? My first "real" project was a lumpy hat. Am I alone here? What was yours?
Martha brought out her Easy Raglan Sweater
so that we might 'ooh' and 'ahh' over it (which we did, it's adorable!):
The pattern is from The Expectant Knitter
by Mary Connolly. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash
in "Turtle" (which is such a great gender-neutral color, if I may say so). It's so cute!
And, finally, all I have to show for ten days of frustrating knitting is... another porom
. Behold, the front of my tweedy porom
...and the side:
Now I really must stress that the frustration was my own fault** as I misread the chart and didn't bother to swatch (I know, I know, bad
knitter!), so my first attempt was simply enormous
. Lesson learned, I got it. I'm about to embark on a dangerous journey because of how much we at the store looove this pattern... but that will come later.
Now, I was going to show all y'all Micah's knitnotwar 1,0o0 crane, but I forgot to take a photo of it. Maybe on Thursday, with the eleven new cranes we got in yesterday (did you see that we're up to 75?!). Until then, keep dry!*Yes, that's a zipper in there, too.
Labels: baby, felt, fo, hat, Jared Flood, Liz, Noni, porom, raglan
Gratis Knits: Winter 2009
Better late than never, right? Ar this point, we're accepting submissions for the next
Gratis Knits, due to come out in April, so please consider sending a pattern our way. Now, without further adieu, get your needles ready!
Flurries Slouch HatSizes:
By Sandy Bingham
(this pattern is also available as a PDF
Adult M (22” head circumference)Yarns:MC:
The Fibre Company Road to China
[65% Alpaca, 10% Cashmere, 10% Camel, 5% Yak, 10% Soya Fiber, 73m/ 80y per 50g skein]; color: “Light Amethyst”; 1 skein.CC:
Tilli Tomas Flurries
[100% Merino wool with glass beads, 64m/ 70y per 50g skein]; color: “Atmosphere”; 1 skein.Needles:
•3.75mm/ US 5 circular needle, 16” long
•4.5mm/ US 7 circular needle, 16” long
•4.5mm/ US 7 DPNs, 8” long set of 5Gauge:
19 sts & 24 rnds = 4” in St st on larger needlesNotions:
Do not cut yarn when changing colors. Carry the unused color up the inside of the hat and catch it on the first st of the sixth rnd of the current color. Knit the first few stitches after the color changes tightly to prevent holes, being careful not to pucker the work.Abbreviations:
CO - cast on
CC - contrast color
K - knit
K2tog - knit 2 together
MC - main color
P - purl
PM - place marker
Rnd - round(s)
St(s) - stitch(es)Rib pattern (multiple of 3 sts):
Rnd 1: *K2, p1* around.
Rnd 2: *K1, p2* around.
Repeat these 2 rnds for pattern.Stockinette: (in the rnd)
Every rnd: k around.PATTERNBrim:
CO 102 sts with MC using smaller needles. Join in the round, being careful not to twist sts. PM to indicate start of rnd.
Work “Rib Pattern” for 1.5”.Body:
Change to larger needles and knit 6 rnds of Stockinette with CC. Alternate MC and CC every 6 rnds for a total of 6 stripes (36 rnds), ending with a MC stripe. Switch to CC to begin crown shaping.Shape Crown:
Shape crown as follows while continuing to alternate MC and CC every 6 rnds:
Rnd 1: *K4, K2tog* around. (85 sts total)
Rnds 2 - 4: K around.
Rnd 5: *K3, K2tog* around. (68 sts total)
Rnds 6 - 8: K around.
Rnd 9: *K2, K2tog* around. (51 sts total)
Rnds 10 -12: K around.
Rnd 13: *K1, K2tog* around. (34 sts total)
Rnds 14 -15: K around.
Rnd 16: *K2tog* around. (17 sts total)
Cut working yarn leaving a 6” tail, use tapestry needle to pull tail through remaining sts and cinch tight.Finishing:
Weave in ends, block lightly.
Labels: free, Gratis Knits, pattern
You'd never believe it, but...
We do knit. A lot. So do our customers (also a lot). Much of the time, this blog focuses on a variety of other yarny things (new shipments of yarn, visiting instructors, etc), but today we have a project-packed post* for your vicarious pleasure.
First, we have A (remember A?
our very adventurous 8-year-old knitter...) and her very first finished pair of socks:
And side view:
Which, we were told by her mother, she had begged to be brought to the store and show off "all week". How awesome is that? She's clearly been bitten bad by the knitting bug, and we might just have the next EZ right here in Portland.
Of course, as soon as A took off her shoes to show off her socks, her little brother proudly pulled up his jean cuff to proudly display the Coriolis socks his mom had made for him
To which his older brother announced that he had a ton
of socks made by his Mom, too, but wasn't wearing any right now (but would be wearing them next time, if I wanted to take a photo then). I can tell that this is going to be a very knitterly family.
It was all very cute and quite endearing to see handknits so well appreciated.
After the Parade of Handknit Socks ended (always fun to watch, honestly), we had two deliveries of felted cranes for the knitnotwar 1,0o0 KAL. The first was by Mandy (who brought in eleven
cranes, all made with Cascade 220):
And closely followed by Tammy, who was clearly not to be outdone, as she brought in sixteen
Personally, I think they're just trying to make the rest of us look bad. Or, it might be motivational, since I just bought yarn last night to knit even more cranes (my count is two, for those of you lamenting your lack of progress, please take comfort in the fact that you've probably outknit me by now).
In any case, these two knitters together were responsible for upping our crane count substantially. Thank you, Mandy & Tammy!
Next, at some point
this week**, Farrah came in with her finished Porom
). For some reason it was modeled by Lindsay and not Farrah herself:
It's so cute and, well, French, isn't it?
Love it. Which might explain why Liz and I are each working on one ourselves. Anyway, back to Farrah's lovely hat, it's made with Rowan Felted Tweed
and has some slight modifications from the original pattern - a reduced stitch count and it was knit on smaller needles.
And, finally, at the end of our list of ongoing & finished knits we have the Staff Projects:
For this week, anyway. I announced to all and sunder at some point this afternoon that I would be taking a group shot of any WIP's/ FO's provided to me by my coworkers. You cannot imagine
the madness as my coworkers literally threw their WIP's & FO's at me. I suppose they were all so relieved that I didn't ask for a model, that this seemed like a reasonable request***.
I hate to start at 12 o'clock (top, center) since it's mine, but it makes the most sense. First (the socks) are a pair of socks (yes, obviously) made with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock
in "Tuscany". I made up the pattern as I went, and they're for my SIL. (closeup here
Second, at about 2 o'clock, are Wendy's adventures in colorwork. A pair of gloves (not matched) from Selbuvotter
and a lace'n'colorwork gauntlet she's making up with Kauni W-EJ
. (closeup here
Next, at 5 o'clock, is the i-cord cast on of Jenni's very recently started Mermaid cardigan
. Pray for her, that's a lot
of i-cord she's got to knit.
Then, stretching from 6 o'clock to 11 o'clock, is Marj's Cabled Rib Wrap
. She chose to pair ShibuiKnits Baby Alpaca DK
in "Rapids" with ShibuiKnits Silk Cloud
in "Mist" and it is just gorgeous. There's no other word for it. I think we've all considered rolling in it, it's simply that luscious.
And, finally, at 9 o'clock we have Liz's Aeolian Shawl
(from the most recent knitty
), which she is knitting up with Habu Textiles Cashmere. If you want to stalk this project (who wouldn't, right?), here it is on ravelry
Whew! I think that's everything (those are all the photos I have from the last week, anyway). Check back on Tuesday for photos of Beth Brown-Reinsel's classes
this weekend and the updated crane count. Happy knitting!*I dare you to say that three times fast.
** Dates, knitters, I need dates when you fill out a project information sheet. This also goes for staffers (yes, I know you read the blog, too)
*** Or I'm reading too much into this and they're all just really proud of their WIPs. Both are likely.
Labels: coworker, cranes, customer, fo, knitnotwar, Lindsay, Liz, porom, socks, wip
A definite sense of accomplishment.
You may have noticed an eCard somewhere in your inbox this morning. It must be said that this particular
eCard was several months in the making. We ordered Boutique Knits
, at Lindsay's request, some time ago and had to wait while it was backordered. One copy came in and two shop samples were started. Finally, oh finally!, we had both the samples and the books in the same place at the same time and... well, an eCard was made.
Shown right is the truly awesome Sideways Grande Hat
, modeled by Liz. You have to admit it looks fantastic on her. (For those who are interested, or may not be on our mailing list: the yarn is ShibuiKnits Merino Alpaca
in "Mulberry", one skein.)
Next, on our list of recent accomplishments - we have 64 cranes
! Many of these cranes (42 to be exact) came in this past weekend, during our Annual Sale.
Thank you, everyone, who has knit a crane (or two or twelve) and brought them by! It really, truly, does make our day to see these little felted birds come through our door.
With 64 cranes, we are approximately at 21% of our goal (look! a new widget on the sidebar -->). To some this might not seem as a major achievement, but we know better. Knitters across the country (and across Portland) have been donating their time, energy and stashes to be part of a large-scale project and it's amazing. So many of our donors have denied payment for their efforts, which really says so much about how generous knitters can be. But, since we still need 236 cranes, we're have a knit night to outdo all knit nights - our Super Crane Knit Night on April 2nd.
Since it's on the same night as our weekly Sip'n'Stitch, we'll be providing all our regular treats with a bunch of extra enticements thrown in. Come in for door-prizes, rewards and many other fun goodies to reward all the participants.
And, finally, we have one more thing to be proud of: Beth Brown-Reinsel. World reknowned for her research on traditional knitting, we've managed to snag her for a whole weekend (this weekend, actually) to teach two of her most popular workshops on historic Scandinavian garments. Both classes will include tutorials on a variety of techniques and skills necessary to the completion of each garment.
The first, The Danish Nattrøjer
, will focus on blouse construction. Discover how welts and gussets can turn a blocky garment into something fitted and how to incorporate your own design into the pattern.
The second, Norwegian Mittens
,will cover everything from knitting Fair Isle (or stranded colorwork) with two colors of yarn, mitten construction using a traditional thumb gusset and "seam" stitches. This class in particular is highly recommended to knitters who couldn't register for Ruth's Fair Isle workshop last month. Norwegian Mittens is the perfect chance to learn Fair Isle while knitting up a pair of mittens for next winter (or a Christmas gift!).
For now, that's everything. Next time (tomorrow), we have several beautiful customer projects (or, hopefully will, if I can find the camera) as well as an update on a variety of very interesting staff projects.
Labels: cranes, felt, fo, KAL, knitnotwar, Liz, store workings
Truly wicked yarn pr0n
I'm evil, I know it. But, see, if I sell the yarn to customers it won't end up in my stash. It's all about the self-preservation, see. And believe me when I say some of it has already found a new home in my Stash Containment Unit. The new Habu is particularly tempting.
The first on our list of Must-Have New Yarns are from two powerhouse favorite dyers: Schaefer Yarns and Chameleon Colorworks. Direct from Schaefer's dyepot, we have the coolest of the cool in their Memorable Women Series - the Memorable Knitters
. Next to it is Twinkle Toes (by Chameleon), which is a luscious, shimmery half-superwash merino, half tencel blend:
At the moment we have 3 of the 4 Memorable Knitters Series: Mary Walker Phillips, Elizabeth Zimmerman, Emma Jacobsson. Dorothy Reade is still on order. If you're a hard-core sock knitter, you'll going to want to grab these soon as I predict they're going to go fast (and not just into my stash)
The Twinkle Toes is a little more whimsical in nature, dyed in many of Chameleon Colorwork's most popular colors plus two new themes: Ophelia and Lavender Fields. Again, I have a feeling that these will run out the door fast, but this line promises to be more long-term.
Next on our list of yarny goodness are on the recently refurbished New Wall: Abstract Fiber & Araucania. Two lines of handdyed loveliness.
Abstract Fiber is well-known by most Knit Purl customers, but Araucania is a line we're less familiar with. 100% cotton and handdyed, it'll be great this summer...
And, finally, the last of our new yarns... Isager's summer lines:
And wall. They have so many yarns we decided they needed their own wall
. Anyway, back to the new yarns. For this summer they've put out six new lines:
- Bomuld (100% mercerized cotton)
- Viscolin (linen/ rayon blend)
- Bomulin (cotton/ linen blend)
- Hoer (100% linen)
- Alpaca 1 (100% baby alpaca, lace weight)
- Hoejlandsgarn (100% Shetland lambswool)
We still have several colors on order, so expect to see the wall fill out over the next two weeks. And, quite possibly on the blog, a Hoejlandsgarn WIP I'm contemplating. Also to go with the yarns are the next Amimono 2 and Marianne Isager Spring/ Summer books.
In less tempting news (but still worth ogling), we have a pair of finished Wishbone Socks:
The pattern is by Nancy Bush and was featured in the Mar/Apr 2008 issue of Piecework Magazine. I'm afraid that the information concerning these socks has been lost (I'm truly very sorry about that!), but I think
I remember them being knit with ShibuiKnits Sock in "Wasabi".
And, very nearly finally, we have some...
- Our annual Spring Sale starts Thursday! Drop by the store for huge savings on all your favorite yarns, door prizes, a free needle case with purchase and more. See our Events page for more details.
- [Some colors of] Kauni back in stock. Kauni EQ is still on order. But we do have one NEW color and some old favorites, such as ES and EV.
- A collection of new habu yarns have arrived: Silk/ Wool A-113, Silk Cashmere A-190, Wool Pom Pom (N-60), Natural Cover Cotton (A-184), Kusaki Zome (A-4), Stainless Steel Thread (N-48), Ramie (A-166), Jersey Tape (A-189). All of which are so new they aren't on our website (or, in some cases, Habu's either); but, if you'd like to drop by the store or give us a ring, we'll be glad to help you.
And, lastly, just because:
We've been having fun with all the different fuzzy mohair yarns we carry. Shown: Habu Kit 110 and Knitty's Ice Queen
knit up with ArtYarns' Beaded Mohair & Sequins
(sparkly bling, eh?).
That should be everything. Check back on Thursday (sale, sale, sale!) for more news about the, yes, sale, LeBrie's Nuno Felted Scarf Class and... well, whatever happens between now and then.
Labels: customer, fo, Habu, hand-painted, isager, lace, New yarn, sock, socks, yarn, yarn pr0n
A flurry of activity
I'm sorry we haven't updated you and the InterWebs in so very long... I went to Stitches West and planned to blog from there but got sick. It didn't work out in quite a number of ways. Luckily, my intrepid coworkers took photos for your visual enjoyment.
First, we have a shot of the Cool Socks! workshop with Lucy Neatby (she's the one with hot pink hair):
...which I understand was a smash hit. It certainly looks interesting (Lucy always includes video/ projector demonstrations, which you can see on the wall in the background).
Next, we have Sue's absolutely glorious Habu 110 pullover:
So named because she used the pattern from Habu Textiles' Kit 110 and substituted Handmaiden's Sea Silk in "Periwinkle"
for the body and Habu Textiles' Gear Linen in "Black"
for the hems. The finished effect was just amazing, and the photo hardly does it justice.
And, finally, we have Sarah's IP (in progress) Garter Stitch Aran Pullover, from the Japanese book Men's Knit
Which is looking mighty impressive, if I do say so. Sarah mentioned that she had worried about the sizing of the pattern (as it is Japanese), but the sweater seems to be coming out perfectly roomy and (honestly) delicious. She's knitting it with Debbie Bliss' Rialto Aran in "Dusty Blue", which is not on the website yet I'm afraid.
Lastly, today, I took a picture of all the lovely cranes we've been sent (or given in person) for the knitnotwar 1,0o0 kal. Amazingly, three arrived from Boston just yesterday! And four from California a week or two ago. These cranes are just flocking in from all over the place...
Of which many are noticeably red. Interesting phenomenon.
Now, it's admittedly still a small
flock of cranes (we have 22 at count). But I am told by our many hardcore customers, volunteers, and several staffers that there are many more cranes OTN or unfelted at home. Sandy Kay and I are also talking about hosting another KAL night or two in the next couple of weeks. We'd really love to make our goal.
But we shall see what happens over the next month. Check the sidebar for updates over the next week or so!
Labels: Classes, coworker, customer, fo, Habu, Handmaiden and Fleece Artist, KAL, knitnotwar, Lucy Neatby, Sandy Kay, update, wip